Hi All, hoping for a little support.
NO specific trauma that started my pain. It all began 6 years ago. After a small car ride my left leg went numb... really numb, I could not even lift it to get out of the car. Once I did get out, I had severe pins & needle type sensation that went from my butt to my toes. This lasted about 30 mins or so. After that I was ok - went to bed that night and when I woke up I could not move. Severe lower back pain. The pain was so severe I was stuck in a spasam so bad my belly button had moved over a couple of inches my sides were completely crocked. When to pcp and he sent me for PT which did not help, gave me some muscle relaxers. Didnt work, gave me some pain killer, which eased the pain. Tried massage, chiro, accupunture. Still no releif finally was sent for MRI after 3 months. MRI revealed disc herniation l4-5, did some more PT. After several months the eposide ended. Continued with chiro care and was managing. Since then I have had several severe episodes of pain and spasm. In 2005 went to NS after Chiro said he could not help me. Had caudal epidural which was like a godsend! Was pain free for a year. Then again same thing. Another MRI now showing migration of disc with frament and another herniation at l3-4. Again, caudal epidural and it helped along with pain meds and muscle relaxers. After 3rd caudal NS said no more, he wanted to do surgery. My pain was radiating down my legs and i was suffering from sciatica. I found a phisiatrist to give me another caudal. this has been my cycle several months of being ok and then bam another episode. Late December I had another accute episode that was horrible. I am still suffering from this. Went back to original NS who gave me cadual. Mri at this point showed severe DDD l4-5 and L5-s1; herniation at l3-4 with annular tear and DDD as well as large herniation at l1-2. I didnt feel comfortable with my NS for many reasons as far as him doing surgery. He suggested a laminotomy with removal disc l12 and laminectomy with decompression at l4-5 with possible fussion l4-5. Shopped for new NS. Found one who was very qualified. He thought an XLIF might work for me on one level. He sent me for discogram. Wow that was awful. Discgram on 4 level and sorry to say I had pain in all 4 but much more pain and distress at l3-4, l4-5 and l5-s1. this bothered him. He said the only approach that would make sense is 3 level fusion but he did not want to do this as I am only 41 and in general good health. He sent for 2nd opinion to ortho with fellow in spinal surgery. 2nd opinon said same exact think. He added that I should just deal with my pain suggested SSI (which PM doc also suggested or IDET)2nd opinion also said that I should not search for another opinon that my discs are fusing on thier own and that he nor my referring doc do surgeries unles they feel it will be successful and with me it wont be.
Sorry this is so long, but I am at my wits end. I have beenn on vicodin, soma, valium and xanax for 5 month and it is doing a number on me. I am still working (missing a lot of time) but I was so disapointed to hear that basically i CAN NOT be Fixed! Dont get me wrong, I do not want to do a surgery either, that wont work but to say oh well, you just have to deal with it.... well, it was harsh and I had to almost run(it that was possible) out of there so they would not see me start balling, which I did. I feel like a lost caused.
Please can anyone empatize with this, have any of you been here.....
If anything thanks for listening.